Gollancz has acquired an “explosive literary” science fiction thriller and its follow-up by Arthur C Clarke award winner Tricia Sullivan [pictured].
Associate publisher Simon Spanton bought world rights to Occupy Me and one other book from Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Publishing Services.
Sullivan’s “thought-provoking and action-packed” book is a “quest for the salvation of earth, for the secrets of the universe and for a sense of self”.
It follows Pearl, and angel who works for the Resistance, an organisation dedicated to improving the world by stealth, by tiny, incremental acts of kindness.
Pearl, whose life is a mystery, is on a chase across the world in pursuit of a killer, wearing another man’s body, and carrying a suitcase which contains questions about “not just a global conspiracy but the nature of reality and our place in the universe”.
Spanton said: “It’s a complete pleasure to be working with Tricia. Particularly as we are able to welcome her back to the genre with a novel that is so purely enjoyable, so special, so well written. Tricia has long been regarded as one of the best writers in SF today and Occupy Me sees her at the top of her very considerable game.”
Sullivan said: “Gollancz published my first novel back in 1995 and carry my entire backlist through the SF Gateway. It’s hugely satisfying to return 20 years later as a mature writer with a novel that I know to be my best work.”
Sullivan won the Arthur C Clarke award for best science fiction novel with her third book Dreaming in Smoke (Gateway).
Occupy Me will be published in £16.99 trade paperback and £8.99 e-book on 21st January 2016.